Jawor Castle

Jawor, Poland

Jawor Castle was originally a wooden stronghold until Duke Bolesław the Tall built a stone tower house. The castle has been a seat of both the Piast dynasty and the Duchy of Jawor-Świdnica. Several politically significant events took place in the castle during the Middle Ages. In 1648, the castle saw damage when it was besieged by soldiers loyal to the Holy Roman Empire, but it was renovated later during the same century (1663-65). Another renovation was carried out in 1705, when the clock tower was repaired.

Later during the 18th century, Frederick the Great converted the castle into a prison, a role which it would keep until 1956. Until 1821, it also housed an asylum for mentally ill. After 1888, the hitherto all-male prison became an all-female prison, and stayed in this capacity until 1945. During World War II, it was used as such also by the German authorities who among others imprisoned several French women here. A memorial commemorating them has been erected in the castle courtyard. After 1945, it housed political prisoners and former soldiers of the Home Army.

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Zamkowa 2, Jawor, Poland
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Founded: 1663-1665
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Andrzej “Jędrek” Żyronski (2 years ago)
Oh well. The castle is standing, but closed and not open to the public. You can only see the courtyard, which is covered with cars, and walk around the castle. Overall, it makes a depressing impression. Not much pride is left of the Piasts who built this palace.
Harry & Gregory Travel (2 years ago)
The castle is visible It used to be impressive. Currently, it is a great ruin with strange institutions and companies. The only thing that can be visited in this castle is the lookout tower, fee 2 PLN per person. The view from the tower ... Judge for yourself after the photos ? A castle with potential, but you need willingness and ideas. Due to the general condition from the outside, only 2/5. The service lady was very nice and friendly.
Acherontas (5 years ago)
Zamek Piastowski atrakcja turystyczna dla wielbicieli kultury średniowieczno- zamkowej oraz pewnych pozostałości po obwarowaniach i zabudowach około zamkowych, obecnie z racji braku inwestycji i remontów oraz postępującej katastrofy znajduje się w fazie powolnego acz ciągłego rozkładu i zniszczenia fasady oraz ogólnej substancji kultury zamkowej .
Luiza Jaworowska (5 years ago)
Zaniedbany ...aż boli... ale w sumie piękny obiekt ze smutna przeszłością. Gdyby miał jednego właściciela to pewnie by o niego zadbał. Teraz jest "dobrem wspolnym" kilku instytucji, firm i stowarzyszeń .Dziedziniec dostępny. Jeśli traficie tam między majem a pażdziernikiem to mozna za darmo wejść na wieżę.
Joanna Jaziewicz (6 years ago)
Very sad, building left unattended, almost. Partially used as a magazine, etc.
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